Monday January 21, 2013 Day 23 Finished St. Mary's Stadium

  1. Premier League - Southampton hold Everton on Pochettino debut

    Premier League - Southampton hold Everton on Pochettino debut

    Mauricio Pochettino's reign as Southampton manager got off to a mediocre start in a goalless draw at home to Everton. More

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    • Southampton
    • Everton
    • 90+5 There's the whistle, a goalless draw and a medium-rare start to life as Southampton manager for Pochettino.
    • 90+4 Corner at the death for Everton - can they snatch a late winner? Boruc punches clear and was fouled too.
    • 90+3 Naismith goes down as he tries to reach a Mirallas pass, Everton roar for a penalty but he slipped.
    • 90+3 Good tackle from Pienaar, Mirallas on the run now but he elects to shoot from range with team-mates available, and puts it straight at Boruc.
    • 90+2 Clyne on the move, exchanging passes with Davis. Saints keeping it nicely enough, they'll definitely take the point now.
    • 90+1 Saints now cranking up the pressure in these latter stages. Cork gives it away though trying a flash ball with the outside of his boot.
    • 90' Four minutes added time being played. Saints have a throw on the left, which will be launched in.
    • 89' With Puncheon off the pitch, Schneiderlin will take the right-sided corner. Decent ball but Anichebe heads clear.
    • 88' Saints counter as Lambert has it on the right, winning a corner off Distin, as much as he could have done given the discrepancy in pace between the two.
    • 88' SOUTHAMPTON SUB: De Ridder comes on for Puncheon. No more toilet humour now, booo!
    • 87' Shaw's corner is excellent and Hooiveld flies in but the ball ricochets off a few players, the final touch off the Dutchman.
    • 86' Good play by Puncheon wide right, who has become accustomed to his suddenly lighter frame, and Saints have a corner.
    • 85' Distin tries to release Anichebe but he overhits the through-ball and it's a Southampton goal kick.
    • 84' Pienaar wide to Baines, but he underhits his pass and Rodriguez slides in to clear.
    • 83' Better ball from Puncheon as Lambert flies in at the back stick, beating Distin to the header but - from a tight angle - putting it just over!!
    • 82' A poor lay-off from Anichebe and Saints break - Baines blocking Lambert's cross for a corner. Puncheon trots over....
    • 81' All getting a bit scrappy now, you feel both would settle for the draw.
    • 80' That little poo has taken the edge of Puncheon, his corner poor and follow-up cross just as bad.
    • 79' Southampton have a corner on the right which Puncheon will take.
    • 77' Everton, having been second best in the first half, have been the better side this half. But can they get a goal?
    • 76' Schneiderlin is on his feet and will come back on in a second. Just a knock.
    • 75' Schneiderlin is down injured for Saints. He'll be okay I'm sure.
    • 74' Super turn and cross from Anichebe to pick out Mirallas, but his touch is heavy and he thrashes the finish well wide.
    • 73' Hilarious song from the Saints fans as Puncheon also returns to the play. Explaining exactly what he was doing on his little break....
    • 72' SOUTHAMPTON SUB: Ramirez is taken off for Davis, who will sit a touch deeper than the Uruguayan.
    • 71' Ramirez is down injured but the ref waves play on. The home fans jeer but it's not a head injury, indeed no more than cramp, so it is right to continue.
    • 70' We hear Jason Puncheon has been forced off the pitch temporarily - because he needs the loo. I wonder if he put his hand up to ask Mr if he could go?
    • 69' Mirallas shows he is a bit ring rusty with an uncharacteristically poor touch on the left, much to the fans' amusement.
    • 68' Fellaini with a super through ball to Anichebe, great touch from him to open up the left-foot finish, which he blasts to the top corner but a brilliant one-handed save by Boruc! Corner!
    • 67' Saints break as Puncheon and Rodriguez get forward but a good interception by Distin to prevent Lambert's ball getting through.
    • 66' EVERTON SUB: Jelavic has had a poor game by his standards and is replaced by the returning Mirallas.
    • 65' Baines has two bites at the cherry after his first cross is blocked but, unusually for him, the second ball is straight at Boruc.
    • 64' Shaw puts the corner in but Howard punches clear. Back in by Shaw but behind for a goal kick.
    • 63' Jagielka has to stretch and concede a corner as Lambert snuck in.
    • 62' SOUTHAMPTON SUB: Rodriguez finally comes on for Do Prado.
    • 61' BAD MISS JELAVIC! Anichebe found fantastic space on the left and an even better low cross to the arriving Croat but he somehow mis-kicked it, the ball coming off his heel. Shocker.
    • 61' Southampton break but Puncheon and Ramirez cannot combine as Jagielka slides in. Still with Saints but a poor stepover from Puncheon hands it back to Everton. Saints have been trying to bring Rodriguez on for ages.
    • 60' The second corner is weak and cleared but Osman has it, spreading the play back to Baines but his cross is not met by Fellaini, crowded out by Saints' defenders. Now Anichebe on the left drills in a low cross but cleared before Jelavic can pounce.
    • 59' The corner is headed towards goal by Distin, Yoshida clearing, and Osman hits a half-volley that shaves Yoshida's head to fly over for another corner!
    • 58' Naismith earns Everton a corner as he pressurises the home defence following Baines's cross. I thought Anichebe had already come on - he hadn't, but he does now!
    • 57' "There's only one Nigel Adkins" sing the home crowd. That is probably not true, I'd guess there to be at least two more
    • 56' EVERTON SUB: Anichebe comes on for the injured Coleman.
    • 55' Coleman appears to be injured. He could well come off as it looks like a muscle problem.
    • 54' Everton concede a corner as this match adopts a more even flow than the first half. Cleared though.
    • 53' Better from Southampton as they work it right through Puncheon. His cross is too heavy but Lambert keeps it in, he sets up Do Prado but his shot is blocked.
    • 52' Osman is booked for a late challenge on Shaw.
    • 52' Baines swings the corner over AND FELLAINI FLIES IN but he heads straight at Boruc!
    • 51' BORUC SAVES FROM FELLAINI! Fantastic cross from Coleman on the right, it misses Naismith but falls for Fellaini at the far post but his driven low finish is batted behind. Corner. Pienaar started that move.
    • 50' Southampton are sitting deeper than they did in the first half. Everton forcing them back.
    • 49' Cork with a good touch and turn in midfield but his pass does not find a team-mate.
    • 48' This is better from Everton as they put some pressure on the hosts, mostly down the right.
    • 47' Naismith gets in ahead of Scheiderlin but his low cross is cleared.
    • 46' A high ball sends Puncheon away but he stops running, one assumes because he realised the bounce had taken it away from him.
    • 46' The second half is underway!
    • 45+1 Half-time and it's goalless - but Saints the better side.
    • 45+1 Puncheon tries to find Ramirez through the middle but it lands beyond the Uruguayan and Howard claims.
    • 45' Do Prado tackles Fellaini, who has been oddly quiet. Puncheon on the ball now and he wins a throw on the left.
    • 44' On second look, Lambert really should have scored - it was a free header!
    • 43' JUST WIDE BY LAMBERT! Fantastic leap and a power header off Puncheon's cross, but it lands the wrong side of the far post!
    • 42' Puncheon plays it through to Do Prado but Howard should have this - he rushes out and makes a mess of it but does force Do Prado wide, meaning Saints have to build the move again.
    • 41' Fellaini plays Jelavic in but it comes off his heel; Jelavic picks up the loose ball though and plays Naismith in but Boruc reads it and rushes to gather.
    • 40' Schneiderlin is booked for a late tackle on Naismith in midfield.
    • 39' A breather for Everton as they get a free-kick. It was a double block on the line as Lambert's effort first hit Jelavic and was hacked away by Baines with Hooiveld flying in. Everton riding their luck!
    • 38' OFF THE LINE BY BAINES! Lambert with the header from the corner! Still not clear as it drops for RAMIREZ but a great save by Howard!!
    • 37' Ramirez on a surging run from halfway, with space opening up centrally, and he puts in a good low shot that Howard tips behind. Corner.
    • 36' Good ball from Schneiderlin that Lambert takes down easily with only Coleman in his way, he cuts inside then goes down but Coleman got a boot on the ball. Good challenge.
    • 35' Puncheon takes on Fellaini but the Belgian holds firm.
    • 33' Lambert is furious after the referee waves away appeals for a free-kick as Neville shoves him in the back.
    • 32' High ball in by Ramirez, and Yoshida hits the deck under pressure from Distin! No penalty says the ref - he pushed him for sure!
    • 31' Fellaini looks confused after being penalised by the touchline. Free-kick Saints on the right...
    • 29' Throw to Saints on the left but Shaw sends it straight to Fellaini.
    • 28' Southampton have had more of the ball - 59% - but the chances have been equal in numbers, albeit more pronounced for the hosts.
    • 27' Fellaini takes down a high ball down the left but he's adjudged to have handled.
    • 26' Baines with a sloppy throw as Ramirez goes on the run down the right, he picks out Lambert who cuts inside Jagielka to shoot with his left but parried by Howard!
    • 25' Both sides have had four shots on goal so far. Southampton coming the closest through that Lambert free-kick, and Puncheon's effort that was deflected wide.
    • 24' Baines swings in the free-kick but Saints clear; there's another free-kick to Everton though as the Toffees start to crank up the pressure.
    • 23' Hooiveld is booked for a foul on Fellaini.
    • 22' Everton with a bit more of the ball as Naismith comes into the box but his shot is easy for Boruc.
    • 20' LAMBERT HITS THE BAR! Fantastic effort, Howard beaten but it bounces off the angle of post and bar!
    • 19' Neville fouls Ramirez, Southampton have a free-kick some way out, to the left, Lambert feels he can do something from this distance...
    • 18' Good blocks by Yoshida and Hooiveld as Coleman and Baines put the ball in. Now Distin flies in with a header but wide!
    • 17' A breather for Everton as Osman is fouled by Schneiderlin.
    • 16' Saints are taking the game to Everton, who are struggling to get out of their half!
    • 14' Shaw swings the ball in from the left but a good block by Coleman.
    • 13' Ramirez takes the free-kick but Howard does well to put it behind! Corner!
    • 12' Baines fouls Puncheon, who has impressed so far.
    • 11' Jelavic with a half chance as he goes for the header but he puts it wide!
    • 10' Do Prado with a foul on Jagielka as he tried to bustle through.
    • 9' Fellaini now with a cross but Hooiveld clears well.
    • 7' Ramirez with the corner but Everton manage to clear this one.
    • 6' Just wide from Puncheon - deflected off Jagielka for a corner.
    • 5' Good corner from Ramirez but inches over the head of Hooiveld and away!
    • 4' Howard's long kick is aimed for Fellaini but cleared by Saints. Down the other end Schneiderlin plays in a low cross but slid behind by Jagielka just in time.
    • 3' Saints passing it about nicely as Everton struggle to get on the ball.
    • 2' Surging run down the left by young Luke Shaw, but his cross is cleared.
    • 1' Towering claim by Boruc as a long ball aimed for Fellaini does not land for the Belgian.
    • 1' The first half is underway.
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    • 19:50 Great stat from our friends at Opta - Sylvain Distin makes his 397th Premier League appearance tonight, more than any other non-UK/Irish outfield player.
    • 19:45 David Moyes (Everton): “There's no doubting that we are in a good run of form just now. However, we must all remain positive, and at times patience from both the players and the supporters is going to be required.”
    • 19:40 Mauricio Pochettino (new Southampton boss at inaugural press conference): “It all happened pretty quickly and the details are not important. What is important is that I am here now and I want to keep us in the Premier League. I am a great admirer of the Premier League and this is a big challenge for me.”
    • 19:35 Not much time for Southampton to adjust to life under Pochettino - they sit 15th in the league and the likes of Reading have hit form so their gap to the relegation zone is just three points. Everton can close to within a point of Spurs and the Champions League places with victory tonight. Premier League table
    • 19:30 It's been a turbulent week at Southampton and there are plans for supporters to vent their fury at the sacking of Nigel Adkins during the course of the evening. More
    • 19:25 So a new manager, Mauricio Pochettino at Southampton, but a familiar look to the team. Ramirez comes in for Davis, and Rodriguez is benched for Lambert in the only two changes from the side that drew 2-2 at Chelsea under Nigel Adkins last week. For Everton there's no Hibbert or Gibson, who are still out injured, but David Moyes will be happy that Mirallas and Heitinga can at least take their places on the bench.
    • 19:20 SOUTHAMPTON: Boruc, Clyne, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Shaw, Puncheon, Schneiderlin, Cork, Guly, Ramírez, Lambert - Subs - K Davis, S Davis, Rodriguez, Fox, Richardson, Chaplow, De Ridder /// EVERTON: Howard, Coleman, Baines, Jagielka, Distin, Naismith, Pienaar, Neville, Osman, Fellaini, Jelavic - Subs - Mucha, Heitinga, Oviedo, Mirallas, Hitzlsperger, Anichebe, Duffy
    • 19:15 Hello and welcome to live text commentary from the Premier League as Southampton host Everton at St Mary's. Kick-off is at 20:00 GMT.
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